His Excellency, our President, Honorable Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is disturbed by the gruesome killings of women and children in South Africa. Mr President is also troubled by the human trafficking problem in the country and, is pleading with the people of South Africa to unite against these anomalies
President Zuma reminded the perpetrators of these crimes that violence against women has been declared a priority crime by the government.
“Many perpetrators were being caught and are given long jail terms because of the cooperation of the public by coming forward with information,” he warned.
Afterwards, Honorable Zuma urged victims of violence to reject being intimidated and report perpetrators.
“Victims should not turn a blind eye to violence in their intimate relationships at home, work or at school,” he said. “(They) should immediately report perpetrators to authorities before such abuse intensifies and leads to murder,” added His Excellency.
Honourable Gedleyihlekisa further urged victims to make use of the 24-Hour Gender Based Violence Command Centre hotline – 0800 428 428 – to report attacks.
“We are outraged and seriously concerned about the reports of the abuse and killing of women and children in some parts of the country.
” We are especially extremely concerned that in most cases, these attacks occur in the hands of family members or in the case of women, their intimate partners.
“The nation must forge a united front with the law enforcement authorities, government and all sectors of society in fighting this appalling scourge and isolate these criminals in society but within the ambit of the law,” Daddy Zuma charged.
More-so, His Excellency begged South Africans to help the government eradicate human trafficking, particularly the trafficking of young girls in the country.
“Human trafficking,” he said, “is modern day slavery. It is a gross violation of human rights and is a very serious crime and should be prevented at all costs.
“We call on community members who have information or any knowledge of such activities to report perpetrators to the police. Let us protect our girls,” begged Mr President.
With that, Mr Zuma asserted that “the government will continue to raise awareness to educate and sensitise communities on the effects of human trafficking.
“We must unite in fighting these scourges and attacks on the most vulnerable members of our society, our women and children,” added Daddy Zuma.